(Continued from Page 1)Diving is not the only sport that looks for benefits from dance training. Sports that involve grace and aesthetic movement like gymnastics and figure skating have incorporated ballet training for years, but other not so obvious sports such as football and basketball have also made use of the ballet barre.
2001 Professional Football Hall of Fame Member Lynn Swann credits ballet (as well as jazz and tap) training as a means to developing body control, balance, rhythm, and timing.
Well known for his spectacular acrobatic catches during a nine-year pro career, Swann epitomized grace in a sport not necessarily known for that attribute.
Further proof can even be found in the area of sports science. A Swedish study, basketball lessons published in 2002, found dance training helped to improve speed and agility, and increase joint mobility in young elite cross-country skiers.
As well as providing benefits for athletes looking for an edge, the overall health benefits can also be a positive.
According to Treva Bedinghaus, the About.com Guide to Dance,
The health benefits of taking ballet lessons are endless. Ballet is a form of exercise that requires the dancer to work many of the major muscle groups at once. Ballet lessons also promote strength and flexibility, as many of the traditional steps of ballet require strong, limber bodies. Balance is also a benefit of ballet lessons, as ballet dancers must learn how to properly control every part of their bodies while basketball lessons holding perfect posture.
Look at the statement, “Balance is also a benefit of ballet lessons, as ballet dancers must learn how to properly control every part of their bodies while holding perfect posture.” Does this sound like something that would apply to diving?
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Originally posted 2013-11-22 18:32:02.